Improving Participation for Women and Girls in Sport

Physical activity is beneficial for the health of the body and mind. Yet, participation rates among women and girls are much lower than for men.

The context

The Scottish Government launched its first Women and Girls in Sport Week in October 2017, this saw stakeholders across the country come together to understand what can be done to increase participation. Disparities exist across the life course, with gaps in participation between boys and girls emerging as early as 11 years old.

The established Women and Girls Advisory Board is working with the Scottish Government to ensure that every woman and girl is given the best opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity. Along with the Sporting Equality Fund, there is potential to drive participation, engagement and promotion.

As we approach the midway point of the 10-year national strategy A More Active Scotland, the Scottish Government and stakeholders must review the successes and future targets to close the physical activity gender gap.

The event 

Join us at this timely Holyrood briefing to examine the next steps to encourage more women and girls into sport and physical activity. We will bring together expert speakers and those working in the field to share learning and look forward to the second phase of the national strategy. 

Key issues to be addressed

  • Current policy and next steps for physical activity policy in Scotland
  • Improving health and wellbeing through increased physical activity for women and girls
  • Examining how schools, communities and other stakeholders can encourage women and girls to become involved in physical activity, no matter what age they are
  • Understanding the mental health barriers to engaging in physical activity
  • Learning from and sharing good practice 

Confirmed speakers

  • Alison Johnstone MSP, Member for the Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Maureen McGonigle, Founder, Scottish Women in Sport
  • Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development, Netball Scotland
  • Ailsa Wyllie, Lead Manager, sportscotland
  • Mags Duncan, Principle Sport and Outdoor Activities Manager, High Life Highland
  • Karen McInally, Active Schools Manager, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd
  • Kirsteen Torrance, Cycling Development Officer, Fife Council
  • Alex Johnson, Manager Scotland, Spirit of 2012
  • Sian Downes, Marketing and Corporate Events Manager, Street Soccer Scotland 
  • Sarah Rhind, Aberdeen Coordinator, Street Soccer Scotland 
  • Nicola Wilson, Female Participation Manager, Cricket Scotland 

Agenda*

09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

            Jennifer Trueland, Health and Social Care Journalist

10:05   Session 1: Policy and Overview

10:05   Opening Keynote Address 

            Alison Johnstone MSP, Member for Lothian, Scottish Green Party and Member of Health and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament

10:20   Setting the Scene for Women and Girls in Sport 

  • Demographics and trends for women and girls in sport 
  • Changing the vision with Scottish Women in Sport
  • The 'Girls Do Sport' programme

           Maureen McGonigle, Founder, Scottish Women in Sport 

10:55  Questions and Discussion

11:15   Refreshments and Networking

11:30   Session 2: Encouraging Women and Girls to get Involved

11:30   A Collaborative Approach

  • How schools can encourage more girls into sport 
  • Reaching women in the community
  • Encouraging women and girls to become leaders

          Mags Duncan, Principle Sport and Outdoor Activities Manager, High Life Highland

          Karen McInally, Active Schools Manager, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd

12:10  Cricket Scotland and Increasing Female Participation.

           Nicola Wilson, Female Participation Manager, Cricket Scotland 

12:50   Questions and Discussion 

13:00   Lunch and Networking

13:45   Session 3: Good Practice Case Studies

A series of case studies will share learning and experience into good practice to encourage women and girls into sport.

13:45   Improving Access and Health Outcomes through Cycling 

  • Outcomes of the Sporting Equality Funding 
  • Encouraging women to cycle throughout their lives 
  • Examining the changes since London 2012 and the work still to be done

           Kirsteen Torrence, Cycling Development Officer, Fife Council 

           Alex Johnson, Manager Scotland, Spirit of 2012

14:05   Netball Scotland #ChangingTheGame

  • The changing face of netball in Scotland
  • Netball Scotland’s new initiatives
  • The power of female role models in sport

            Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development, Netball Scotland

14:25    Street Soccer Scotland 

  • The impact and stories from the Women's Homeless World Cup 2017
  • Impact of Street Soccer Scotland and the difference being made to girls' lives
  • My story with Street Soccer Scotland 

           Sian Downes, Head of Marketing and Corporate Events, Street Soccer Scotland 

           Sarah Rhind, Aberdeen Coordinator, Street Soccer Scotland 

15:05     Questions and Discussion

15:35     Closing Remarks from Chair

15:45     Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

This briefing will be held in central Edinburgh. The venue will be confirmed in due course. 

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635.

Dates
25 April 2018

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